living, work and social spaces merge into a growing house in indonesia, by SA_e

living, work and social spaces merge into a growing house in indonesia, by SA_e

the concept of ‘growing house’ (indonesian ‘rumah tumbuh’) is very common in indonesia — the young couples and families which are not able to afford the redevelopment of a whole new house divide the process into several stages and continue the construction as the money come in. ‘rumah gerbong’ (‘gerbong’ translates as ‘railway coach’) designed by studio SA_e was developed in three phases and is now a multifunctional house hosting living areas, offices, and public spaces with a green roof.



SA_e has chosen a pilotis three-story house design to add functionality without destroying the existing building and develop a simple structure. the home was divided into three parts which were the living area, office and boutique, and public area (ground floor and the roof).



at the end of the last phase in 2017, the house had separate ready to use areas for living, work, and social interaction. the strategy of breaking the density and contrast of functions (living and working) by adding new functions in the volume of public space produces a new distinctive typology with strong functional synergism.


video by studio SA_e channel


the living area contains two bedrooms, living room, bathroom, reading room, praying room, and service room, while there are workspace and mini home library in the offices. between living and working areas there is a social space, with a mini amphitheater, public kitchen, living room, and green rooftop.










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